The authors studied the association between asthma and perinatal mental illness and explored the modifying effects of social and medical complexities. Findings suggest that women with asthma predating pregnancy are at slightly increased risk of mental illness in pregnancy and post-partum. A multidisciplinary management strategy may be required to ensure timely identification and treatment.


  1. Brown HK, Wilton AS, Ray JG, Dennis CL, Guttmann A, Vigod SN. Chronic physical conditions and risk for perinatal mental illness: A population-based retrospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2019 Aug 26;16(8):e1002864

  2. Aker AM, Stephenson AL, Wilton AS, Vigod SN, Dennis CL, Guttmann A, Brown HK. Asthma Severity and Control and Their Association With Perinatal Mental Illness. Can J Psychiatry. 2022 Feb;67(2):156-159.

  3. Aker AM, Vigod SN, Dennis CL, Brown HK. Perinatal Complications as a Mediator of the Association Between Chronic Disease and Postpartum Mental Illness. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 Apr;31(4):564-572.


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